Couples planning for a baby may not realize that their carefree approach may hamper their chances of getting pregnant. An unhealthy lifestyle can be a common baby-making mistake. You should plan the right time before, during and after ovulation to increase your chances of conception.
Both partners need to be healthy and fit when they are trying for a baby. There are many factors that can affect their efforts along the way. It is important to recognize these misconceptions about conception (pun intended!) and ensure a successful pregnancy.
Are You Trying to Conceive Since Long?
If you are thinking why can’t you pregnant even after doing everything right, then it’s time to look up the definition of your ‘right’. When it’s your body and hormones, there are ‘n’ things that could go wrong. You must have thought that making a baby is not difficult, but it turns out that it is. Some couples don’t take time to get pregnant, while others could have to wait for too long that they lose hope.
But do you know why does this happen? When ‘trying to conceive’ you might be making certain mistakes or there might be some problem with your body that might be coming in the way.
Although there are no sure ways for getting pregnant, there are certain tips that might help:
- To get pregnant stay away from stress.
- Lead a healthy and active life. Exercise and eat healthy food.
- See a doctor and get the basic checks done. Both man and woman should get their blood tests done.
- Women should get scans done to see if they have some problem with ovaries and similarly men should get done with a semen analysis.
- If women have regular cycles, then days between 10 and 18 of your cycle are good for getting pregnant.
5 Most Common Baby-Making Mistakes
1. Irregular Sex
One of the top mistakes that couples commit is not having enough sex. If you’re planning a baby, you need to be aware that intercourse before and during ovulation is the best time for conception. Some couples miss the right time, leading to gaps in frequency.
Tip to Avoid This Mistake: Couples who have sex around three to four times a week may have more chances of conceiving than those indulging in it once a week.
2. Too Much Physical Intimacy
It is said that having intercourse every day is not a good idea when a couple is trying to conceive as it can decrease the amount of sperm that a man produces.
Tip to Avoid This Mistake
3. Being Unaware of the Fertile Window
Many couples are not aware of the best time to have intercourse – the best time is three to five days before ovulation, and on the day of ovulation. Having sex during this time will improve your chances of getting pregnant. Some women are unaware of their ovulation cycle dates.
Tip to Avoid This Mistake: To be certain about your ovulation cycle, you can opt for an ovulation prediction test and maintain a fertility chart to know about your fertile window.
4. Waiting for Too Long Before Seeing a Doctor
For couples who are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than a year with no success, it’s probably time to see a specialist and ensure that you are both in the clear. On the other hand, if both of you are above 35 and have been trying for six months, you should see a doctor right away to figure out the problem.
Tip to Avoid This Mistake: In either of the two cases, see a doctor and get the necessary tests done.
5. Irregular Periods
Women with irregular periods are more likely to have a medical condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects hormone levels of women, making them vulnerable to fertility problems. If a woman has prolonged menstrual cycles, she is subjected to fewer opportunities of conceiving as she ovulates only once per cycle.
Tip to Avoid This Mistake: In such cases, it’s best to see a doctor, in order to improve the chances of getting pregnant.